Plate Movement: 200 Million Years Ago to Present Day | California Academy of Sciences

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Witness how Earth’s forces have shaped the continents—from millions of years ago to present day.

Today’s configuration of continents is dramatically different than it was in the past. See how plate tectonics built and fragmented supercontinents—land masses made of multiple continents merged together—over the past 200 million years.

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10 thoughts on “Plate Movement: 200 Million Years Ago to Present Day | California Academy of Sciences


    (November 9, 2018 - 2:24 am)

    This video has a good visual it's very logic and responsible.


    (November 9, 2018 - 2:24 am)


    Blu Intropher

    (November 9, 2018 - 2:24 am)

    I'm confused, if the entire planet is covered with playes, then we're there ancient plate that surrounded the earth?? Like for example when India crashed into Eurasia, did it submerge an ancient plate or not

    Johny Jung

    (November 9, 2018 - 2:24 am)

    the music is unfitting and too loud.


    (November 9, 2018 - 2:24 am)

    What software was used to create this model? Thanks

    Chris Braun

    (November 9, 2018 - 2:24 am)

    It sure would be nice if someone combined this imagery with the "mile high tides" from the closer moon, and how far inland the ocean(s) flooded.

    Matthew Milburn

    (November 9, 2018 - 2:24 am)

    It does seem odd to me that in 200 million years, land masses can retain a general form, and yet their plate bases can grow exponentially without either generating any significant new land masses, nor consume any of that which already is….

    liam b

    (November 9, 2018 - 2:24 am)

    Wrong- the earth expanded pulling the plates apart. Fact

    Alex Xela

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    Perry LaMire

    (November 9, 2018 - 2:24 am)

    is their going to be an earthquake in Salem Oregon cause if so I and we all of us need to know before it happens is earth going to split and fall to pieces as their world turns

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